USF iSchool Responsive Librarianship Lab at the Henrietta M. Smith Library
The USF iSchool Responsive Librarianship Lab (RLL) is the umbrella program for the delivery of bibliotherapy services to the USF community. It is part of the USF School of Information's library (LIBR & INFO SCI) and can be found on WorldCat. Researchers at the RLL address key challenges at the intersection of people, information, and technology in multidisciplinary ways with a vision that drives our research to impact the everyday lives of our community. Using evidence-based methodologies grounded in the Social Sciences and computational tools from the Digital Humanities, researchers at the RLL have created a unique, four-track text-based therapy scheme that provides real results for library users.
The NeuroApp initiative employs a unique mixed-methods approach to text analysis for collection development purposes.
FOCAList Graphic Novel Program
The iSchool's Faces of Caring and Learnining (FOCAList) program is dedicated to creating a data-driven approach to developing graphic novel collections that are foregrounded in the multi-track system pioneered by our Repsonsive Librarianship initiative.
Facial expressions and their relationship to emotions have been studied for nearly 150 years. Beginning with Charles Darwin's comparative work on human and animal facial communication, today's research supports the understanding that facial expressions are the primary way we signal our emotions to others. Our ability to recognize a facial expression reflects an individual's ability to infer the psychological states of others. Facial expressions induce social interaction, including empathy. At the neural level, face processing occurs in the brain's "fusiform face area" (FFA) allowing us to detect, categorize, and identify faces. Animated faces borrow many of the same processing skills that our brains use for real faces and share a common face recognition system.
Research also suggests that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) process cartoon faces through the FFA in ways they are unable to process real faces, suggesting that reading graphic novels can have a therapeutic effect.
With funding from LSTA and IMLS grants, the iSchool Data-Driven Librarianship (DDL) initiative designed a therapeutic library for the women residents of the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc. (DACCO) facility in Tampa, Florida. The DACCO Residential Treatment Library can be found on WorldCat and now offers services to the center and its residents that focus on providing therapeutic outcomes consistent with their treatment goals. Service promises include circulation, reference services, and health literacy instruction. The library collection is made up of fiction, non-fiction, self-help books, young-adult fiction, and therapeutic-based graphic novels, and is offered in print, audio, and electronic book formats. A portion of the collection is also available in Spanish. Circulation services are provided to residents and the mental health professionals of DACCO. These circulation services also include preparing materials for inter-library loan. Reference services are available to help the residents with information about their treatment, job searching, and skills development. Health literacy and bibliotherapy support are also major functions of the library.
All materials in the DACCO Residential Treatment Library are avaialable to the public through an agreement with the Tampa Bay Library Consortium or by contacting the library staff below. All materials can be found online at bibliotherapysi.libib.com.
The DACCO Residential Treatment Library and the USF School of Information's library (LIBR & INFO SCI) are administered by professional librarians who have completed a library education program accredited by the American Library Association. You can contact the current administrator below:
Peter Cannon, MLIS, PhD
Some of the publications about our work at DACCO can be found below.
Agboka, G., & Matveeva, N. (2018). Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication: Scholarly and Pedagogical Perspectives. Routledge.
Cannon, P. (2018). Rethinking bibliotherapy: A neurorhetoric narratology model for addiction treatment. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 35(4), 331–335. https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12239
Cannon, P. (2019a). Taking an “Ecological Turn” in the Evaluation of Rhetorical Interventions.
Cannon, P., Shereff, D., & Greene Taylor, N. (2020) Visualizing bibliotherapy: Applying a mixed-methods approach to collection development using digital tools. Poster Presentation at Health Research Day 2020, University of South Florida.
Cannon, P., Walkup, K., & Rea, J. M. (2016). mHEaL and mHealth in a Restricted
Environment: Design and Usability of an Offline Mental Health Literacy App. Proceedings of the 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication, 15:1–15:3. https://doi.org/10.1145/2987592.2987613
Rea, J. M., Cannon, P., Sawchyn, A., & Walkup, K. L. (2018, June 22). Journaling and bibliotherapy participatory design as a heuristic for program development. Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203711422-8
Shereff, D., Palmer, R., & Cannon, P. (2017). Every Reader Her Book: Creation of a Therapeutic Library at a Women’s Residential Treatment Facility. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 17(1), 42–52. https://doi.org/10.1080/15323269.2017.1259444
Walkup, K., Cannon, P., & Rea, J. M. (2016). Mental health communication and self-efficacy: Designing a responsive information architecture. 2016 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1109/IPCC.2016.7740534
Walkup, K. L., & Cannon, P. (2018). Health Ecologies in Addiction Treatment: Rhetoric of Health and Medicine and Conceptualizing Care. Technical Communication Quarterly, 27(1), 108–120. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2018.1401352
Morton Plant North Bay Pediatric Library
In 2019, a project team established the Morton Plant Pediatric Library (MPPL) at the Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Recovery Center, a 72-bed, co-ed facility and the only freestanding psychiatric hospital in Pasco County, FL. The project is using a framework of responsive librarianship, a data-driven research scheme dedicated to the delivery of personalized library services in response to an individual's mental health concern. With over 300 titles in the collection, the project is growing to include group sessions and health literacy education, supported by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. All materials can be found online at bibliotherapysi.libib.com.
Henrietta Smith Research Library
The Smith Research Library serves as the hub for all of the RLL's research initiatives and is part of the USF School of Information's library (LIBR & INFO SCI), an information center dedicated to research and the education of the school's Library and Information Science (LIS) students. You can find the library's information on WorldCat.
Location & Hours
The library is open to the public Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 4:00 pm during regular university operating hours. We are located in the School of Information, CIS building, room 2018 (CIS 2018). Our mailing address is as follows:
Henrietta Smith Research Library
School of Information
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, Florida 33620
All materials in the Smith Research Library and the USF School of Information's library (LIBR & INFO SCI) are available for use by the public with a valid form of ID. The complete collection can be found at bibliotherapysi.libib.com
The Smith Research Library and the USF School of Information's library (LIBR & INFO SCI) are administered by professional librarians who have completed a library education program accredited by the American Library Association. You can contact the current administrator below:
Peter Cannon, MLIS, PhD